Seahawks To Hire Ravens DC Mike Macdonald As Head Coach, Per Report

750 The Game Staff

Per multiple reports, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed with Mike Macdonald to be the team’s next head coach.

Macdonald was the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens for the last two seasons, and his deal with the Seahawks is for six years. At 36 years old, Macdonald becomes the youngest head coach in the NFL, and the Seahawks go from the NFL’s oldest head coach in Pete Carroll (72) to the youngest in Macdonald.

The Ravens defense led the league in points per game allowed (16.5), sacks (60), and tied for the lead in takeaways (31) this season. They shut out Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the second half of the AFC Championship Game but lost 17-10.

Macdonald is the eighth full-time head coach in Seahawks history, replacing Carroll, who coached the team for 14 seasons and led them to back to back NFC Championships and a victory in Super Bowl 48.

The Seahawks conducted their first official interview with Macdonald on Tuesday in Baltimore. Macdonald flew to Seattle for his second interview Wednesday with the franchise, and shortly thereafter reports came out saying the two sides had an agreement.

Macdonald got his NFL start as an intern with the Ravens in 2014, and proceeded to become a defensive assistant, defensive backs coach, and linebackers coach in a seven-year span. In 2020, Jim Harbaugh hired Macdonald to become defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan, where he coached two seasons before reuniting with John Harbaugh in Baltimore in 2022. In Macdonald’s two seasons as Ravens DC, the team ranked second in points allowed per game (17.5) and sixth-fewest yards per game (312.8).

 

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